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Dec 17, 2008 09:57 PM

Westside dining recommendations - Middle Eastern

We're meeting people on Friday night who are staying near LAX. I'm craving Middle Eastern (hummus especially). Any recommendations from Manhattan Beach to Santa Monica (not Petros, please).

Also - I'm willing to hear anything else that people like. No Chinese and Sushi's out (pregnant guests).

We also have a (well behaved) pre-schooler so that needs to be kept in mind.

I know...I've left it broad but you've never let me know.


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  1. Shamshiri Grill for Persian food on Westwood Blvd is bustly so a pre-schooler would fit in find. They have a wonderful mixed appetizer plate that includes a red cabbage cup with hummus, as well as other dips). Their kebabs are really good, nice big fluffy mound of rice, Shamshiri salad that they'll put on instead of rice if you are low carb (cucumber, tomato, lemon juice, parsley). They start off with nice bread, you can get Persian iced tea and yummy dessert.

    Sunnin on Westwood Blvd is very crowded, and I didn't love my meal there.

    1. all in westwood/west la

      1. shamshiri as noshie mentioned
      2. sharhzad - a few blocks north or shamshiri
      3. javan on smb @ butler?
      4. darya on smb and bundy

      1. Here's a great thread on two places very near LAX that may well be what you're looking for:

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        1. re: Servorg

          Let me preface this comment with the fact I've never eaten at this establishment, but it appears to "fit the bill" of what you're asking for. You'd have to call for more information, but
          check out the website. It sounds like a real casual place, but I've heard it's popular with the workers in the general El Segundo area.
          I've seen the place it's near the intersection of Grand and Main Street in El Segundo. It shares the lot with the Rite-Aid drugstore.

          1. re: Feed_me

            Feed_me, take my advice and don't go out of your way to try the hummus factory.

            the best thing they serve is the fatoush salad, which is ok, the rest goes downhill from there.

            if you are trapped in el segundo, maybe you can rationalize going to the place.

        2. I'm not sure if you're after Persian, Lebanese, Israeli, etc., in particular. If you're after Persian, then Westwood would be the place as mentioned by posters noshie and wilafur. But hummus typically isn't associated with Persian cuisine - not that some won't have it.

          I know it's a haul, but the valley has some excellent places for hummus/Middle Eastern food. Here's a couple of threads on hummus and one place in the valley that I found particularly good:

          Servorg has a couple of great recs in that thread he posted about Al Watan and Al Noor. Pakistani food is in the same realm - kinda has a finger in Indian and another in Middle Eastern. Al Noor is very good - haven't tried Al Watan yet but if poster exilekiss gives the place a thumbs up, it's a slam dunk. They're both on Inglewood Ave in the Hawthorne/Lawndale area. Both places are somewhat to very informal - Al Noor being the less formal of the two. So if you're looking to eat instead of dine, they will work.

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          1. re: bulavinaka

            Flame on Westwood is my favorite place for Persain food.

          2. thanks for the recs...and I meant to write above, "You've never let me down..." Doh